By Emily Goddard

glasgow 2014 athletes social room 110213January 24 - Glasgow 2014 has launched a search for companies capable of offering "gold medal" cleaning and housekeeping services at next year's Commonwealth Games, with contracts worth £3.8 million ($5.9 million/€4.4 million) for the taking.

The winning firm will be responsible for ensuring the sports venues and athletes village look their best at all times, while servicing the rooms of the 6,500 competitors who will attend the Games, which are due to run from July 23 to August 3 next year.

The contractor will be expected to run 24/7 housekeeping, linen and laundry services and the company must work collaboratively with Glasgow 2014 and its partners during all phases of work and planning.

"We are looking for service companies with an interest to support Glasgow 2014 to deliver a consistent and 'gold medal' level of service that will ensure a positive experience for all Games client groups including athletes, team officials, technical officials, workforce, the media, Commonwealth Games Family, spectators and sponsors," Craig Lear, Glasgow 2014's general manager for catering, cleaning and waste, said.

glasgow 2014 athletes 110213The winning contractor will run a 24/7 housekeeping, linen and laundry service at the Glasgow 2014 Athletes Village

David Brown, head of procurement at Glasgow 2014 said a variety of opportunities are available for companies of all sizes.

"There is a diverse range of procurement opportunities for businesses of all sizes coming up as we progress to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games," he said.

"In the run up to the Games, during the Games themselves and indeed after there will be all sorts of service contract opportunities from hospitality through transport to cleaning services to name but a few.

"Glasgow 2014's £350 million ($549 million/€411 million) procurement programme, creates real opportunities for businesses to share in and benefit from the success of making Glasgow and Scotland's Commonwealth Games an outstanding global sporting event."

Interested parties have until February 4 to submit an application for the contract to qualify for the next tender phase, with the contracts to be awarded from late July.

Meanwhile, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is inviting tenders for a contractor to work with the host local authorities to perform an emergency exercise around a food incident occurring at the Games.

The closing date for tenders is February 12, with the selected firm to be notified later in the month.

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